A good bucket list can push you to lead a more exciting and fulfilling life. However, creating one can be overwhelming. There’s so much to experience in the world and only so much time to do it that you might be wondering what ideas you should incorporate into your life list.
First, you will need some basic tools. Get a notebook that will last for a long time and use it specifically for your bucket list. Crossing goals off as you accomplish them can be incredibly satisfying. Then, grab a pen, and start brainstorming all the exciting and wonderful things you are going to be doing for the rest of your life.
Bucket lists are very personal. When creating yours, think about the experiences you have always hungered for. Reach back to your childhood and what you dreamed of doing when you grew up. Did you want to travel the world? Be a dancer? Cook like a world-class chef? With age, people often tend to dismiss their childhood dreams as unattainable and unrealistic, but these dreams can be a great resource for your bucket list ideas. Depending on your lifestyle, you can turn them into achievable goals. For example, traveling the globe can be downsized to a few countries that intrigue you the most. And even if you might not want to become a famous chef, you can certainly take a few top-notch cooking classes.
And no need to limit the list of things you want to do before you die to active experiences. Ideas for your bucket list can be about self-improvement as well. Most people want to better themselves in one way or another. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you want to be more outgoing. Perhaps you’ve always felt like you can be a bit more organized. Achieving personal goals like these can help you feel more confident and lead a happier life.
Also, when creating your bucket list, think about what you are afraid of. If you’ve always wanted to go skydiving or bungee jumping, here’s your chance to make a commitment. Conquering fears is exhilarating.
Once you start brainstorming, keep your bucket list notebook within reach. As you go through life you’ll be reminded of things you want to tack on. So I invite you to think about your dreams and start making them into a reality, and always revisit your bucket list ideas.
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